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Question 411 - Answered on 5 March 2013

Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney if his attention has been drawn to the problem of a skulk of foxes in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area; the service provider or assistance that is available to persons to solve this health and safety issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney):

The legislative responsibility of my Department covers farmed animals only. However, while foxes do not come under the remit of my Department, I am nevertheless aware of reports of the number of foxes living in urban areas in recent times. The fox is not a protected species under the Wildlife Acts (1976-2012). My Department does not have plans to implement a control programme for foxes. However, the Deputy may wish to explore this issue further with the relevant local authority.

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